Blimp Time-Hop: Mötley Crüe’s ‘Dr. Feelgood’ Night In Portland
31 years ago, the Dr. Feelgood World Tour kindly melted the faces on a stop in Portland, Maine. On December 14, 1989, it was a sold-out show at the Civic Center. What a way for Blimpville to say goodbye to a 'decade of decadence' in the 1980s with Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx.
Check out what they played on this totally rad night of Maine Mötley madness.
This was Mötley Crüe at the height of their powers bringing us a bonafide balls-to-the-wall night of 80s rock debauchery. They had previously played Portland in 1987 on the Girls Girls Girls tour and in 1984 opening for Ozzy Osbourne. As we remember, that was the kick-off of the Bark At The Moon tour and Mötley Crüe's first show ever on a national tour.
The most memorable moment for us at the '89 show was when Tommy Lee did a drum solo featuring song samples from Led Zeppelin's 'The Ocean' and Joe Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way'.
Suddenly, everyone was lookin' up! We were blown away as we saw Tommy on a kit that was rigged to cruise above our heads in the crowd for the rest of his drum solo. That was a first for most us at a rock concert...so sick, dude.
This video features footage from the tour that'll put you right back into your acid-washed jeans.
There's another Mötley reason to celebrate this week. Happy Birthday to the founding member, lyricist, and bassist for Mötley Crüe. He was born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. on December 11, 1958 in San Jose, California. The man we all know and love as Nikki Sixx turned 62 this past Friday.